on 10 June 2008
If you have heard or suspected that there might be some substantial truth in astrology, this is an excellent place for an open and intelligent mind to start.
Over the last 30 years, Stephen Arroyo has achieved widespread international recognition for his outstanding astrological writings. In his previous books he has explored the depth and complexity of modern psychological astrology in clear, accessible, entertaining language. However, this book is written more for the general reader and independent thinker, not astrologers who already know their stuff!
The first few chapters explore a wide range of issues related to both astrology's lack of widespread acceptance and the problems of forming healthy relationships in the modern world. Arroyo refers to the "mass psychosis" of the modern Western lifestyle that bombards us with commercial images and unrealistic expectations. Our ability to form relationships with each other is one area that suffers as a result. The author suggests that if more people opened their minds to what serious astrology has to offer, they would find a much-needed, precise, insightful tool for self-understanding.
Arroyo gradually moves on to explore astrological basics such as the four elements, the twelve signs and the rising sign. The personal planets and relationships are covered in great depth, with countless everyday quotes and examples from many years of observation. This is very high quality writing that deserves respect.
on 20 August 2015
I was almost going to buy this book. From the preview and reading a few excerpts, it clearly takes a refreshingly complex view of how to interpret aspects in synastry and relationship compatibility, whereas most interpretations you come across online are vague, stock descriptions, and most charts for purchase are indeed, as the author points out, computerised rather than personal.
However - and this is a big however - I read the section on 'Sexual and Social Roles and Reality' and was appalled by this author's disturbingly sexist, ill-informed, anti-feminist ideology. I wouldn't touch his work with a barge-pole: such reactionary responses to gendered inequalities should not be rewarded.